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Coconut Poke Cake


This made from scratch Poke Cake is a coconut lover's dream! Soaked with sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut and then topped off with whipped cream. DELICIOUS!

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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (325g)
  • 2 cups sugar (414g)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (240ml)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (120ml)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup hot water (180ml)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (180ml)
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut (120ml)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (480ml)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (115g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut


Servings 12
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Coconut Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a 9×13-inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.

Add the milk, vegetable oil, coconut extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake.

Combine the sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut and pour over the top of the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes. Let cake cool completely.

Whipped Cream Topping:

Place the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and coconut extract into a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake and cover with toasted coconut.

Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. Cake is best for 3 to 4 days.

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